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The GCKY 2022 Awards Show

From Sharon Burcham

Dear Club Members,

I cannot put into words how much fun it was to recognize the clubs that participated in Awards this year.  Even though the past year was compromised by Covid, our members continued to promote, work together and make their gardens and hometowns a better place.  I want to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who sent in applications.  The more clubs we have entering, the more prizes we can award.  Please think about submitting all the projects and hard work you have accomplished next year for an Award.  I am willing to visit your club and show you how easy it can be.  Just invite me, I’ll show up.  Listed below are the categories and winners for the GCKY Awards and the winners of SAR Awards.  At the printing of this Bulletin, the National Awards have not been announced so look for those winners next time.  

Garden Club of Kentucky

1. Nannine C. Wallis Bird Protection

Sponsored by Ann Fiel 

1st -Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd -Gateway Garden Club

2. Butterfly Award

Small Club 1-20 (Sponsored by Lexington Council of GC)

1st -Gateway Garden Club

2nd – Two Creeks GC

Medium Club 21-50 (Sponsored by Linda Porter )

1st – Glasgow GC 

2nd – Bowling Green GC

3. Wildflower Award

Sponsored by Linda Porter 

1st – Gateway GC

4. Charles Law Arboriculture Award

NONE submitted 2021

5. Tree Planting Award

Sponsored by Susan Throneberry 

1st– Garden Club of Danville 

2nd -Laurel Oak Garden Club

3rd  -Garden Club of Elizabethtown

HM  – The Richmond Garden Club

6. Native Plants

Sponsored by Ann Fiel 

1st – GardenClub of Danville

2nd -Two Creeks Garden Club

3rd – Bowling Green Garden Club

7. Garden Therapy

Small Club 1-20 (Sponsored by Jo Jean Scot & Ann Fiel)

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

Medium Club 21-50 (Sponsored by Carla Doyle White)

1st–  The Richmond Garden Club

Large Club 51 + (Sponsored by Bourbon County GC)

1st – The Garden Club of Danville

8. Civic Achievement

8 Ai – One Project -Single member Club (Sponsored by: Bourbon County Garden Club)

1st–  Franklin-Simpson Garden Club 

2nd -Bowling Green Garden Club

3rd  -The Garden Club of Danville

HM –  Galsgow Garden Club

8 Aii – One Project -Group of clubs/councils  (Sponsored by Bourbon County GC) 

1st -Laurel Oak Garden Club

9. Environmental Education w/Youth 

9ii Club  21 members or more

1st  – Laurel Oak Garden Club 

10. Jo Jean Scott Daffodil 

Sponsored by Becky Oliver

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club 

2nd -Bowling Green Garden Club 

11. Saving The Monarchs

Sponsored by Carla Hawkins 

11B. Club with most effective Monarch Station 

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd –  Glasgow Garden Club

14. Memorial BlueStar Marker Landscaping

14A. One Club (Sponsored by Sandra Robinson)

1st  -Glasgow Garden Club

2nd –  Franklin-Simpson Garden Club

3rd  – Bowling Green Garden Club

15. Plant It Pink 

NONE for 2021

16. Garden Tour Award

Sponsored by Bud Qualk 

1st – Laurel Oak Garden Club

17. Wallis Scrapbook 

Audubon District Sponsored by: Anonymous Donor

1st Place-   Laurel Oak Garden Club

Blue Grass District Sponsored by Kay Fisher

1st Place  – The Richmond Garden Club

Dogwood District Sponsored by Anonymous Donor

1st Place –  The Garden Club of Elizabethtown

Limestone:  none

Mt. Laurel:  none

18. Yearbook

Small Club 1-20 (Sponsored by Franklin-Simpson Garden Club in honor of Shirley Snoddy)

1st – The Potted Few Garden Club

2nd  -Two Creeks Garden Club 

Medium Club 21-50 (Sponsored by Franklin-Simpson Garden Club in honor of Shirley Snoddy)

1st – Garden Club of Elizabethtown

2nd -The Richmond Garden Club

3rd  -Laurel Oak garden Club

HM – Frannklin-Simpson Garden Club

Large Club 51+ (Sponsored by Franklin-Simpson Garden Club in honor of Shirley Snoddy)

1st – The Garden Club of Danville 

19. Club Program

19A. Club Program without Flash/CD

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor

1st – Laurel Oak Garden Club

2nd – Gateway Garden Club

19B.  Club Program with Flash/CD 

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

20. National Garden Week 

A. Single Club 

Sponsored by Teresa Walker

1st  -Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd -Bowling Green Garden Club

3rd – Garden Club of Danville

HM – The Richmond Garden Club

21.  Single News Story 

Sponsored by Susan Leo & Anonymous Donor

1st – The Richmond Garden Club

2nd – Laurel Oak Garden Club

22. Press Book Publicity

A. One Club 

Small Club 1-20

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – The Potted Few Garden Club 

Medium Club 21-50

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st– The Richmond Garden Club

Large Club 51 +

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – The Garden Club of Danville 

23. Photo Archiving of Accomplishments

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd  -Laurel Oak Garden Club

25. Garden Club Member Recruiting Most New Members

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st TIE  – Gateway Garden Club 

1st  TIE – Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd – Garden Club of Elizabettown 

26. Membership 

Small Club 1-20

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – Gateway Garden Club

2nd  -Two Creeks Garden Club 

27. Sponsoring New Club

NONE submitted for 2021

28. Attendance 

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – Garden Club of Danville

2nd – The Richmond Garden Club

3rd  -The Garden Club of Elizabethtown

29.  Three R’s Recycle, Repurpose, Remix

29A: Club

Sponsored by Jo Jean Scott 

1st– Laurel Oak Garden Club 

2nd –  Bowling Green Garden Club

33. Best Presidents Report from District Meetings

Sponsored by Edith Nelson 

1st– Dogwood District:  Franklin-Simpson Garden Club

34. Rose Award 

None submitted for 2021


#51- Flower Show Schedule

Sponsored by Flower Show Judges’ Council 

1st–  Cardinal Council of Garden Clubs

GCKY submitted 16 awards to the South Atlantic Region.

Of the 16 awards submitted Kentucky had winners for the following Awards:

SAR Award #2- Bird Protection: First Place – Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award #3 – Protecting Pollinators – First Place – Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award #7 – Garden Therapy – First Place – Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award #10 – National Garden Week – First Place -Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award # 11 – Roadside Improvement – First Place – Garden Club of Danville

SAR Award # 18 – Newsletter Publication – First Place – Franklin-Simpson Garden Club

SAR Award #20 – Club Program with Slides/CD – First Place – Laurel Oak Garden Club

SAR Award #22 – Yearbook (small club) – Third Place – Potted Few Garden Club

SAR Award #22 – Yearbook (medium club) – Honorable Mention – Garden Club of Elizabethtown

SAR Award #23 – Publicity Press Book – Potted Few Garden Club

SAR Award #24 – Flower Show Schedule Award – First Place Cardinal Council of Garden Clubs

SAR Award #Y4  – 6th Grade Poetry – Two Creeks Garden Club

Congratulations Everyone!  

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Standing Committees

Can you help our club get things done? LEADERS chair the committee, PLANNERS decide what the committee does and how to do it, HELPERS show up when it's time to do the work
Conservation Committee
Earth Day, Arboretum, Recycling, Clean Air and Water, etc.
Program & Field Trip Committee
choose topics and speakers, coordinate schedules
Hospitality Committee
Refreshments and decorations at meeting and events
Membership Committee
Connect with people, encourage membership and involvement. Handle attendance sheets
Finance Committee
Budget, bookkeeping, grant applications, fundraising
Communication Committee
Publicity, Yearbook, Scrapbook, Newsletters, Award Applications, Website, Facebook Page, Photographs, etc.

Special Events

These events are traditions in our Franklin community. LEADERS chair the committee, PLANNERS decide what the committee does and how to do it, HELPERS show up when it's time to do the work
Earth Day (April)
Staff the booth, set up and take down, develop activities
Garden Tour (June)
Select locations, schedule workers, do publicity , sell tickets
Horticultural Show (Summer)
Event is sponsored by Simpson County
Flower Show (August)
Choose theme, develop schedule, decorate site, staff the event, clean up
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Work with Veterans Groups and DAR to create an event at the Veteran Plaza at the Post Office


Help beautify our community! LEADERS chair the committee, PLANNERS decide what the committee does and how to do it, HELPERS show up when it's time to do the work
Farmers' Market Sales
Staff our booth, bring things to sell. Usually once a month
Library Garden
Post Office Garden
Monarch Waystation
at the Old Jail
Yard of the Month
Solicit applications, choose the winner each month, send out publicity release, set out and collect the yard sign
Arboretum at Greenlawn
label and identify trees, develop plan for future, do some landscaping and tree pruning
what would you like to learn about? where do you want to go?
Got questions? Anything you think we should do differently as a club? What would you like to see? Let us know!

Lassie Gregory Page

Lassie Gregory Page

Mon 18 Mar 1918 – Sun 16 Jan 2022

Garden Club Member

Franklin-Simpson Garden Club   

Dogwood District


Lassie Gregory Page was a long-time member of the Franklin Garden Club, and a life-long resident of Franklin, Kentucky, where she was graduated high school in 1946 and attended First Baptist Church. She was a retired founding employee of Franklin Bank & Trust Company, from which she retired as Senior Vice President after 42 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, vacationing in Orange Beach, Alabama, traveling, playing cards, and gardening.

Gardening Tasks in Autumn

St. Francis is the patron saint to all who love nature, especially birds and small animals. Give the birds a special treat and corn for the squirrels.

Poison Ivy – Dig and spray before foliage turns wonderful fall colors. Cover your hands and any exposed skin with Dawn Ultra (antibacterial), let it dry, and when you finish wash the Dawn off.

  • HYDRANGEA – Prune back Annabelle hydrangeas no more than every third year and then when the blooms turn brown. If stems are leggy and weak cut back only to 18” give support to spring growth.
  • BULBS – Plant tulips 12” deep or three times its height depending on the bulb. The deeper hole will increase the number of years the bulbs will continue their original size. If it is a new bed, plant daffodils this year and other subsequent years and daffodils exude a toxin squirrels and other rodents don’t like. It is a good idea to always wear gloves when gardening especially if sensitive to lilies(any member of the family).
  • Houseplants – Protect houseplants outdoors when temperatures drop below 50 overnight. Bring them inside between the time the air-conditioning is turned off and heat turned on.  Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti need to remain until the night temperatures are consistently 50 or less, in order to set their buds. Protect indoors plants by isolating those coming indoors, especially recently purchased plants.
  • Lawn – Pick up branches, twigs and toys before mowing. They can be dangerous projectiles. Make sure small children are not in the yard and do not hold them while mowing or riding back to the storage area.
  • Vegetables – When spent plants are removed, compost those not diseased and take a soil sample to your Extension agent to test what it is lacking. Do not save seeds from hybrid plants as this year’s seeds will not come back true and do not carry the resistance of their parents. 

Carolyn Roof


Theresa Louise Perros

Flower Show Judge

Theresa Louise Perros

Sun 24 Mar 1912 – Thu 7 Oct 2021

Garden Club Member

The Garden Club of Danville   

Blue Grass District


Theresa was a 50 year member of the The Garden Club of Danville and President two times.
A strong supporter of The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., she believed that each of us could play an important role in keeping this club interesting and educational for our members throughout the Commonwealth. Theresa was a certified Flower Show Judge. Her talents and friendly ways were shared and enjoyed by many.

Dawn Redwood in the Arboretum

Did you know that the Wallis Arboretum is the site of two pre-historic trees: Ginkgo biloba and Metasequoia glyptostroboides? Both species are from China, the fossil records of ginkgo dating to more than 200 million years ago and metasequoia (also known as the Dawn Redwood) a mere 50 million.

As was–and is–the custom from the time the house was built in 1850, the latest introductions were always planted at 616 Pleasant Street. A row of ginkgos separated the family area from the cutting and vegetable garden.

The metasequoia did not arrive at the arboretum until the 1950s. The species was once prolific in North America, Japan and China, so much so that its fossil remains are Oregon’s State Fossil. The species was considered extinct until 1938 when a Chinese botanist discovered a living tree in China. With the threat of war, it was not until the late 1940s that Arnold Arboretum (Harvard) funded a trip to collect seed, sending them on to various countries and the Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT)

Metasequoia is the smallest of the three living species of redwood, the the other two being the Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in the Pacific Northwest and the Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They are cousins and easy to confuse, though Metasequoia foliage is scaley and deciduous, while redwood’s foliage is needle-like.

Metasequoia is a beautiful tree that with a trunk that buttresses with age. It has reddish bark that exfoliates in narrow strips. In the fall, needles turn orange-brown to red-brown.

Today, the ‘living fossil’ (as it is often called) is readily available to the average grower. Unless you have extensive room, do not plant it as it grows 3-5’ a year, reaching over 100’ and 25’ wide. It grows best in a sunny location and even tolerates dry soil and hardy in zones 5-8.

In ‘Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs’ he states that a single specimen is an imposing sight, but groupings and groves are also effective as attested by the grove planted at MOBOT in 1947. 

If your yard is not big enough for metasequoia, visit the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum any time. It is open to the public with no fee.

For more information about Metasequoia go to: landscapearchitecturemagazine.org, The Metasequoia Mystery

October – Things to do in the Garden

  • Goldenrod has come into full bloom. Our KY state flower is not the cause of allergic reaction as its pollen is heavy and falls to the ground. The pollen of ragweed, its companion, is light-weight and blows in the wind.
  • Allow fall asters to remain over winter and cut back early spring. Monarch butterflies depend on them for their migration south.
  • Cut a few Shasta daisies to enjoy inside. At three years, Shasta will begin to become leggy and needs to be removed. Each year replace the oldest and plant with new to have continuous dense blooming and healthy plants.
  • Roses – Leave rose hips and dead roses on the bush. Hips feed birds while dead roses indicate to the bush cease blooming. Add a tablespoon of bleach and of sugar to half gallon of water to keep cut roses fresh.
  • Lawn – Raking time is here. For less back stress from raking, pull the rake toward you as you walk away from the leaves. Form rows of leaves, mow using a mulching blade and repeat in the opposite direction to break down the leaves enough over winter to add nutrients and improve soil quality.
  • Trees and shrubs – Plant trees and shrubs. Viburnums create a great screen to block a bad view and are not picky about soil or environment. Pick up walnut and buckeye seeds daily. Bending over or squatting to pick up is good exercise and prevents tripping on the pellicle (heavy seed coating) and reduces lawnmower thrown projectiles.
  • Recycle vines that were removed from trees, lawn and beds to make wreaths and baskets.
  • Order live or cut Christmas tree from a reputable nursery.
  • Pick species or wild persimmon fruit once it has colored up but still hard and ripen inside. It will ripen after picking. Pick hybridized varieties when they have ripened on the tree.
  • Recycle spent vegetables by removing and adding to compost. Never compost disease and insect infested plants. 

When to Prune Hydrangeas

Some hydrangeas are pruned in the fall, some in early spring and some not at all. How am I to know which variety my hydrangea is and when it is supposed to be pruned or not?   Proven-Winners has the simple answer. 

Of the 49 species of hydrangeas, four are native to America, and only six types generally grown in our gardens. Those that produce flower buds on old wood are

  • bigleaf (mophead and lacecap)
  • oakleaf
  • climbing
  • mountain

    New-wood bloomers include

  • panicle(PG or peegee) and
  • smooth (Annabelle series). 

By not pruning old wood that produces buds formed earlier this year, the hydrangeas are more apt to be protected over winter. Late freezes do not harm new-wood bloomer,  as their buds are set after all chance of a spring freeze. If buds are frozen, more will be produced.

New Proven-Winners(P-W) this year include old wood bigleaf (aka florist, mophead or lacecap) “Let’s Dance Can Do” and “Let’s Dance Do It”. Both stunning. 

New-wood introductions include Firelight Tidbit, a dwarf bush with large flower heads, and Quick Fire Fab (true to its Fab name). Both are panicle or peegee, so named for the panicles(cluster of flowers) of large or grandiflora flower heads. 

There is an hydrangea for every situation, from 1-2’ to 4-6’, colors from white to magenta and almost every color in between, easy to grow, bloom seemingly forever and some repeat. They do best in moist, well-drained soil and more sun than generally given. Peegees are known for their sun tolerance. They are shallow rooted and will dry quickly. Mulch helps retain water. 


You know that hydrangeas likes water, but did you know that ‘hydra’ refers to the seed capsules that resemble ancient Greek water-carrier vessels?